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6 Gifts For Outdoorsmen

6 Gifts For Outdoorsmen

We all have at least one friend who would be happy being outside all day, every day—regardless of the weather. For the rugged outdoorsman who usually shuns newfangled technology and gizmos, there are still some awesome gadgets out there that add to the wilderness experience while not being considered cheating. If you’ve ever had trouble thinking of the perfect gift for someone who would be content to venture into the woods with just the clothes on their back, check out some of the following.

Pocket Knife

If you’re about to go on an outdoor adventure without a pocket knife handy, you’re doing it wrong. Whether your friend enjoys fishing, hunting, or camping, there are a variety of pocket knives available that will serve many different purposes throughout their day. A pocket knife can be used for protection from wild animals, to cut through brambles, or to prepare first aid bandages if necessary. Make sure your outdoorsy pal is well-prepared for their next excursion.

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Sportsman Accessories

Though they can be found outside at any time of the year, your friend likely has one outdoor hobby that they tend to favor. You may want to get your hunting friend a scope for their rifle, hunting glasses, or a clay throwing set for target practice during the offseason. Your fishing buddy, believe it or not, would likely be content receiving the basics: hooks, lines, sinkers, and lures. Just make sure you know exactly what type to get—fishermen are particular like that.

Compass

I know, I know—most cell phones have a compass built into them nowadays. But so much can go wrong when relying on cell phones. With a steady, non-battery-reliant compass, you can be sure your outdoorsy friend will always know which direction they’re headed. They won’t have to fumble with their phone while wearing gloves, and can clip the compass right to their belt loop. And, if it’s raining or snowing, they won’t have to risk the safety of their electronics to figure out which way to go. Sometimes, simpler is better.

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Refreshment Accessories

Anyone who spends more than a couple hours in the woods is going to need some refreshment at some point. For the camper who loves waking up in the middle of nowhere, but still needs their morning cup of coffee, there’s the Aeropress coffee maker. All they’ll need is ground coffee beans, hot water, and an insulated mug, and they’ve got it made.

For those who choose not to rely on store-bought water while out in the woods, you should at least make sure they have a Lifestraw with them. This portable filter makes water from any source drinkable, regardless of how murky it is. It’s a necessary gadget for anyone entering the woods; you can never be too safe when it comes to staying hydrated.

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Clothing

Like I said before, some people prefer to head into the woods with only the clothes on their backs. You can at least make sure the clothes they have will protect them from the elements, especially in the winter. Heavy duty hiking boots will keep their feet nice and warm, and protect them from ticks and other disease-carrying bugs. Flannel shirts and flannel-lined jeans might seem a little cumbersome, but will be an absolute necessity after spending a few hours in the cold. If you’re buying them gloves, make sure they’re Gore-Tex—waterproof, weather-proof, and durable.

Rest and Relaxation

Outdoorsmen may be active, but they also use the woods to relax as well. A durable, hangable hammock will give your pal a chance to recharge in peace before they head back to the real world for the week. If you know they’d rather spend a week camping than in a beach house in the summer, you could give them some camping chairs or sleeping bags that will stand the test of time and weather. Give the gift of R&R to a buddy, and you’ll have a friend for life.

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Featured photo credit: Quiet Fishermanm, Lake Alpine, California / Moonjazz via farm5.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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